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While we love our bright colors here at MaeMae & Co., we’re equally into creating punchy stationery via interesting graphics, layering and texture. Last year, Sherrylyn and Daylan came to us seeking wedding stationery that would match their refined, but playful vision for their Hawaiian wedding. Blending inspiration from vintage island ephemera with cheeky wording, a black and white color palette and various print methods (one-color letterpress, blind letterpress, engraving and digital) – all resulted in a suite that was classic, fun and perfect for a Hawaiian celebration. Be sure to check out some more detail shots of Sherrylyn and Daylan’s full stationery suite in our custom wedding portfolio.

Fun fact: when our couples have refined invitations, it’s fun to be a bit more bold with other stationery pieces – like we did with Sherrylyn and Daylan’s luggage tag save the dates!

Calligraphy by one of our favorites, Plurabelle. Wedding planning coordinated by the talented Volare Events. Gorgeous wedding photos by Weddings by Sasha.

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We always love working on custom reception stationery – there’s so much opportunity to incorporate quirky and unique details into each piece – and that’s what happened in an EPIC way with Jennifer and Joshua’s day-of stationery. As a die-hard Star Wars enthusiast, Jennifer had the genius idea of integrating her fandom throughout the wedding to create tons of fun, personalized touches. The result? (literal) Stormtrooper escorts, Death Star coasters and hints of Star Wars in the music, programs, table names and signage. Thank you, Jennifer and Joshua for asking us to create the reception stationery, and congratulations on your alliance ;)

Jennifer and Joshua’s wedding was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes – check out the post for a run-down of all the details and vendors.

Day of photos by the talented Cacá Santoro Photography. First photo by MaeMae & Co.

 

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This week’s Mood + Method is for what we’ve entitled a “luxury dude ranch” wedding in Colorado this coming summer. The wedding stationery suite will be layered and textured with gold rush inspired elements and sepia watercolor. Um yeah. Pretty cool. The save the dates are at the printer and here is a little snippet from the watercolor process.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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Our friends over at Minnesota Bride recently featured a hyper-custom suite we designed for a couple marrying at the famed Smog Shoppe venue in LA. Industrial, clever and totally fun—this custom suite was as exciting to design as it was for guests to find in their mailbox. At the couple’s request, we took a cue from their super cool venue, combining layers upon layers of texture (think custom kraft wrapping paper, charcoal letterpress, a three-dimensional box holding an etched metal invitation, die-cut stickers, stamp overlays) with a clean, muted palette and pops of playful, bright red. Chris and Amber are such a fun couple and we made sure their personalities shined through the playful wording and text. The overall result—a wedding suite that’s slightly outside the box (ba-dum-bum!) and totally in-line with the couple’s awesome celebration.

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Collaborating with Brianna, Buzz, and the fab BEAU AND ARROW ladies was such a treat. We started with the MAXIMUS SUITE we created for Martha Stewart Weddings and then added in some personalized details. The theme for B&B’s wedding was Wes Anderson in the Desert Wearing Missoni. I mean. Enough said. (check instagram for Beau and Arrow’s hashtags on that…) For the save the date we created a BACK TO SCHOOL VIBE and then carried some of those illustrations into their suite. (see a full photo of the save the date in THIS POST) All of the guest envelopes were addressed with a typewriter to keep it authentic throw back.

We also made these AMAZING HOTEL KEYS FOR ESCORT CARDS in a variety of colors (see more COLORS HERE). All of the SIGNAGE was displayed at the wedding in these amazing layered frames over marbled paper. All of the guests were treated in their hotel rooms to these custom wrapped Mast Bro chocolate bars. It was very difficult to make it through the WRAPPING PROCESS without digging into them… To stay cool at the Palm Springs celebration the programs were made into handy little fans.

Thank you, Buzz and Brianna, for being the coolest clients. Wishing you both lots of love!!

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As I am sure you have noted throughout the six year history of MaeMae we have founded our design style on the nontraditional. This past year I have been so intrigued by how to make classic and traditional wedding stationery with the “MaeMae Flair” and found working with Fran (mother of the bride) and Bridget (bride) such a refreshing entry into this world.

Bridget is from Rochester, MN and is marrying Andrew in beautiful Park City, Utah. My favorite element from this suite is the folded map. I love showing the guests all of the unique things that will be surrounding them as they visit a new place. My husband is from Salt Lake and so I’ve also enjoyed the gorgeous surrounds of Park City and can’t wait to see Bridget and Andrew’s photos!!

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It’s the month of Mae! To celebrate, we’re offering 20% off our wedding collection suites, including anything with watercolor – because let’s be honest, we have a serious crush on watercolor.

Don’t believe us, take a look at our instagram feed, there’s watercolor here, here, here, and here and here, and here…oh and here and here too). AND, we’re keeping the good times rolling by releasing a watercolor-themed collection suite this summer. Stay tuned :)

If you’re on the watercolor train too and happen to be planning a wedding, contact us for details on on our month of Mae discount, we can’t wait to break out our paint brushes!

**The calligraphy above is by the very talented (and MaeMae favorite) Betsy Dunlap, it really adds such a special touch to this suite.

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Here’s a peek at some fun custom illustrations Team MaeMae created for an online, infographic-style save the date. We discussed our design process for this project over on the Appy Couple blog last week where they named this save the date the “custom app design of the month.” Thanks so much Appy Couple!

P.S. Here’s an outtake we shared a while back from the same save the date!

Congratulations! Santa Baby brought you that “one little thing…a ring!” Now it’s time to let everyone know you’re getting hitched. A customized save the date is the best way to let all your guests know when you’re getting married and what your celebration is all about. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite save the date styles.

Watercolor is quickly becoming one of our favorite ways to incorporate rich, beautiful color. On this particular piece our couple wanted something minimal but with personality. We think the mix of clean text and a wash of color perfectly met both of these requests.

We’re all about gold foil. Borders, patterns, calligraphy—as far as we’re concerned everything look fabulous in foil. If you want to share your engagment photos with your friends and family adding it layered onto a gold foil piece is both personalized and classy.

Tickets, luggage tags and travel inspired designs are perfect for destination weddings. Get everyone pumped to book their flights to your fabulous celebration. Bon Voyage!

Are you more of a DIY kind of gal? Check out our rubber stamp save the date stamps to get the foundation for perfectly customized and hand created announcements.

Contact us today to get started on your own customized save the date cards today!

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This farm-inspired custom wedding stationery was designed for the special, “Sweet Corn Sweethearts” feature in Southern Weddings‘ sixth issue. The editorial had a really fun story, according to Southern Weddings:

“A bride who grew up on a dairy farm and returned with her beau for an intimate family wedding in the field. Mamas and grandmas and little nieces helped prepare all of the food, including shucking corn and baking classic Southern cakes. We wanted to capture some of these preparatory moments in the shoot, too!”

Check out the rest of the photos by the talented KT Merry

 



How beautiful is that church, and that farm?!?!  Be sure to check out Southern Weddings for the scoop on all the talented vendors involved in this shoot. And don’t miss the behind-the-scenes look at the feature, along with this amazing video shot by Twenty-One Films.

 

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We’re so excited to be featured in two issues of Brides magazine this fall! In the August/September issue, our die cut wedding invitation from the Violet suite (above) was featured as a “New Classic,” and the modern letterpress invitations from the Oswald collection were shown as part of the “Elegant, Inspired Stationery Ideas” article.

We designed this Oswald suite in partnership with Urbanic Paper Boutique for the gorgeous couple, Melissa and Jon who were married last year in Los Angeles. Scroll down to see some photos from their wedding day (taken by Aaron Shintaku), first featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog.

Last, in the October/November issue, Brides featured a MaeMae custom invitation that was designed for a fall harvest-themed wedding. This invitation was digitally printed on cotton paper, which provides a great variance of color. The result is stationery that looks and feels similar to letterpress, but costs a fraction of the price.

What an honor, thank you, Brides!

 




This custom suite was designed for the awesome couple, Jillian and Hosain, who were married last fall. With a killer sense of design and appreciation for paper goods, Jillian was a complete dream to work with (and props to Hosain for rolling with the all-pink invitations!). The images above were shot by Canary Grey, and the below photos are from the wedding, shot by Dawn E. Roscoe.




For even more beautiful photos of the special day, check out Jillian’s blog, Cornflake Dreams and 100 Layer Cake‘s feature of the suite!











At MaeMae, we’re pretty obsessed with black and white. In fact, we’ve been digging the trend for quite a while and thought it would be fun to look back on some old work that showcases our not-so-subtle obsession with all things black and white. For further proof that our love for b&w runs deep, take a look at our three black and white-themed Pinterest boards (quimby, oswald and bw brides) and check out the below blog posts featuring MaeMae invitations:

1. In Design Work Life Megan discusses the five different approaches MaeMae takes when designing in the world of black and white.
2. And in this Grey Likes Weddings post, you’ll find MaeMae work alongside beautiful black and ivory Vera Wang gowns – love the pairing!

What do you think about black and white? Still into it?

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MaeMae Paperie recently had some exciting press in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Weddings issue! Above is a customized suite we created for Aimee and Kevin who were married in New Orleans. Throwing a wedding in the Big Easy is fun enough, but to top things off, Aimee and Kevin had a processional (complete with trumpets and parasols) between the church and reception – so fun! Check out the rest of their wedding photos here, shot by Mark Eric.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine also showed our customizable suites some love – the upper left card and large center stamp is from the Marlowe. This invitation features rose gold foil and was created in partnership with our retailer, Gus and Ruby. You can also see the custom map liners we created for the suite in this shot from our instagram feed.

Check out more examples of our custom suites, and don’t forget to browse or collection suites as well – they’re completely customizable to each bride’s personal style!

Aimee and Kevin’s custom wedding suite was featured in:
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 Weddings Issue
Borrowed & Blue
Mark Eric Photography 

All product images shot by Wing Ta of Canary Grey.

xo, Anna

 

This suite was designed for a sweet southern couple who had a destination wedding on the Pan Handle of Florida. While the suite didn’t feature color it was filled with texture through the mixing typefaces and tactile printing of blind embossing and a soft grey letterpress on cotton paper. My favorite element was the map featuring lots of fun illustrations scattered along the shore of Florida. The bride’s family vacations in Carillon Beach every year and the couple wanted to share their favorite places to dine and visit with their friends and family through this map. Sitting here with my three (let’s get real- it’s five, I was just trying to make you all think I was a hearty Minnesotan…) layers on I’m dreaming of what Elizabeth notes on the map is her favorite key lime pie at the Seagrove Village Marketplace.

Please note: Photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey
A big thank you to Nole and Oh So Beautiful Paper for featuring Elizabeth and Justin’s stationery! See more photos here on their blog.

 

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This was such a unique and fun wedding suite I worked on last year with the talented and very funny bride,
Debra Chow and brilliant event designer, Rebecca from
Duet Weddings. Debra is an illustrator and animator and she created the sweetest and most hysterical polroid illustration series of her and Josh’s relationship/life that was sent in a box along with the tags and invitations I designed. PURE JOY.

I have two types of favorite clients: 1) those who give me very little info because because they just want me to run with it 2) those who have a brilliant vision and come with lots of inspiration and excitement in their eyes. Megan, the bride for which these pieces were created, was the second type of client. When we met she came armed with a variety of inspiration – lipstick colors, over-sized postcards, photos of her family’s beautiful garden, pillows, and food. YES.

The save the dates were double-sided letterpress printed on dangerously thick chipboard (and by that I mean it’s like a mini weapon) and topped off with edge printing. The envelopes were kraft paper with brown letterpress and metallic gold foil.

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 Photos above by me, photos below by
Amelia Lyon
Schemed up by Nancy from
So Happi
+ Melissa from
The Loveliest Day
, this beautiful shoot was featured in
Southern Weddings magazine. Any shoot that involves a white horse and two black great danes gets me excited. So thankful to have been included. xx
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The whole team:


So Happi

Together,
Nancy Park – Event Design and Coordination


The Loveliest Day,
Melissa Huber –
Event Design and Styling

Amelia Lyon Photography
– Photography

Honey and Poppies,
Megan Gray –
Florals

My Sweet and Saucy Shop,
Melody Brandon – Baked goods

MaeMae Paperie,
Megan Gonzalez – Stationery and Paper Goods
Tomato Weddings, Vivian Lee – Bride’s wardrobe

H&M
– Groom’s Suit, Hugo Boss – shirt, Burberry – tie

The Ruby Closet
– Flower Girl’s wardrobe

Nicole DeAnne
– Hair and Makeup

Found Vintage Rentals,
Jeni Maus – Furniture and rentals

Classic Party Rentals
– tabletop rentals